Report: Six Army Assistants Set

New Army head coach Rich Ellerson has set six assistants on his staff according to a report in the Times Herald-Record. Of the six mentioned, five are going to be retained from the previous Stan Brock staff and one will come from Ellerson's Cal Poly staff.

The biggest two catches for Ellerson were Army defensive coordinator John Mumford and recruiting coordinator Tucker Waugh. Mumford is a highly respected and his tough defenses likely helped prevent Army from suffering multiple winless seasons in recent years. Mumford has been at Army since the 2000 season in several capacities including interim head coach when Todd Berry was fired during the 2003 season.

The retention of Tucker Waugh is good news for Army fans as well because it means that the 2009 recruiting crop will not be wasted. Despite the struggles of the past two seasons, Stan Brock and his staff have recruited some quality players capable of running the option offense. According to Scout.com, Army currently has 23 commits and there is no person more capable of helping sooth their fears of a new staff than Waugh.

The addition of three other Army assistants will also help in the recruiting area. Clarence Holmes who coached Army defensive line, Tony Coaxum, who handled the linebackers and players personnel director John Brock will remain at Army. Holmes and Coaxum helped Mumford put together some tough defenses over the past few years. Brock, like Waugh, also played a significant role in recruiting for Army and helped run the Black Knight's football camps for prep players.

Andy Guyader coached slot backs and wide receivers at Cal Poly for Ellerson so he will bring a wealth of option knowledge with him. However, more importantly, he served as recruiting coordinator for Ellerson, which should help boost Army's recruiting fortunes. Guyader can help Army gain a foothold on football talent rich California. At Cal Poly Guyader coached four of the six possible yardage gainers on any play from scrimmage. From 2001-03, Guyader served as offensive coordinator at Pasadena Poly High School. The 2002 squad was 11-2 and averaged over 32 points per game. Guyader has a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering.

It is not known yet whether the assistants will coach the same positions or be reassigned to new positions. Look for this to be ironed out in the coming days as more assistants are named and the staff comes together.

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